Motion withdrawn in Abramoff case

The days of disgraced GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s voluntary cooperation with the federal prosecutors who are still unraveling his influence-peddling network may be over, as Justice Department lawyers this week withdrew an expedited sentencing motion that was aimed at keeping Abramoff close at hand during his prison term.

Justice counsels and Abramoff’s legal team moved Monday to revoke an earlier request for sentencing this week in the case against Abramoff, a term to be served concurrently with his 70-month jailing in another Florida case. If Abramoff could be sentenced earlier, they had argued, he would have a better chance at serving in a Maryland prison, which in turn, would allow investigators easier access to continue to question him.

No rationale was given for the new motion, and a Federal Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman said the agency does not discuss sentencing locations until convicts begin their terms.